“I am very happy to have become a player at this great club,” De Ligt said on the website of Bayern Munich, who have already won the Bundesliga title 10 times in a row. Bayern is the most successful club in Germany, one of the most successful in Europe and also in the world. From the start I felt really appreciated. That convinced me. In addition, Bayern is an excellently managed team with big goals.”
Coach Hasan Salihamidzic said Bayern really wanted to bring De Ligt to Germany in 2019. We were already convinced of his qualities as a defender and we are more than that now. With his professionalism, winning mentality and great personality, Matthijs is the perfect fit for us. As a young player he was already a captain at Ajax and at 22 he can still develop more.”
De Ligt previously indicated that he would prefer not to leave Juventus, but his club was open to a transfer due to the precarious financial situation. Then it turned out that Bayern were more decisive than Chelsea, which the born Lederdorper would have liked to add to the squad.
The German national champion is said to pay at least €70m for the Orange defender. This amount could rise to €80 million due to bonuses. The 22-year-old former Ajax player signed a contract in Munich until the summer of 2027. It is not yet known what shirt number De Ligt will receive, but numbers 3 and 4 are currently still available in Rekordmeister monastery.
De Ligt has been with Juventus since 2019, which he led for €75m after a successful year with Ajax in the Champions League. The defender played 117 games in Italy and was a key player most of the time. He scored eight goals for Juventus and won the Italian League, the Italian Cup and the Supercopa Italiana.
At Bayern, de Ligt will meet former teammates Ryan Gravenberch and Nassir Mazraoui from his time at Ajax. The midfielder and defender came from FC Amsterdam earlier in this transfer window.
Last year Bayern Munich mainly played with Niklas Sule, French defender Dayot Opicano and Lucas Hernandez at the heart of the defence. Sule left for his rival Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer deal.
He left Bayern Munich for Washington on Monday for a training camp. Tomorrow is a training match against DC United, coach Wayne Rooney’s team, on the programme. This will be followed by a meeting with Manchester City at the end of the week.
Bayern Munich became the 10th consecutive German champions last season, but they will have to do next season for the first time since 2014 without striker Robert Lewandowski who left for Barcelona. Bayern will open the new season in the Bundesliga on Friday 5 August with the first leg match against Eintracht Frankfurt.
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